Before becoming independent, he worked for more than 20 years in the European Commission. In 1999 he joined DG Enterprise and Industry in the sector for technical harmonisation in the Common Market and EN standardisation. In 2003 he was appointed Head of Unit dealing with Entrepreneurship and SME Policy and later Advisor in the same area. In 2016 he became Senior Adviser for Macroregional Strategies the Danube Region, working from Vienna. After returning to Brussels in 2018 he was named Senior Adviser for Advanced Industrial Technologies and Hydrogen Coordinator in DG GROW.
Before joining the European Commission, Christian Weinberger worked in the private sector, for 10 years with a large multinational corporation in Marketing, Sales, Finance and Special Business Operations in various countries and at European HQ and then founded an international SME in Information Technology and was its CEO for 10 years.
Being a European born in Austria, Christian Weinberger holds a Master of Physics in Engineering, an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics.
02:00 pm - 02:05 pm
Besides the opportunity for the equipment industry, green hydrogen provides also a chance to harvest energy on the continent. The variety of Europe is expected to reflect also in a variety how green hydrogen is produced and consumed. Spain as candidate to become the "New Norway" for mass production and export, Eastern Europe pioneering with smart transition schemes securing high added value and highly integrated environments, Hydrogen Valleys, all over Europe for coupled local production and consumption are pieces of Green Hydrogen industry taking shape.
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Europe triggered a global race for the green hydrogen economy, though the other continents have woken up and act dynamically. Are the financial instruments sufficient to scale? Are the regulatory conditions adequate? What role does the innovation environment play versus the other factors? These are the questions discussed by a group of competence owners with the involvement of the audience.